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This paper describes the Online Learning Academy (OLLA), a World Wide Web-based presence that supports the use of telecomputing in the classroom by: connecting teachers to each other and Internet educational resources; fostering the use of online resources and collaboration; encouraging and enabling the sharing of classroom experiences; and supporting and mentoring educators. Through a partnership among the application developers, educational technologists, curriculum specialists, and end users (teachers), the success of OLLA is based on the deployment of its three important components--appropriate content, continual professional development, and technology. The OLLA environment includes a personalized virtual classroom, Kids Did This! (collection of Web publications and student projects), resource center, mailing list, and personal journals. Units of study include selected and organized Web resources, presented around a theme. Initial results from pilot use with 20 elementary school teachers within the Department of Defense Educational Activity (DoDEA) schools during the 1996-1997 school year indicated OLLA's success. Teachers reported that OLLA: provided the means for communicating with other classrooms and teachers located at a distance; helped them to reach students who were difficult to reach using other approaches; is a great motivator for students and teachers alike; and is changing the way teachers think and teach. (AEF)

Descriptors: Access to Information, Computer Mediated Communication, Computer Uses in Education, Dependents Schools, Distance Education, Educational Environment, Educational Resources, Educational Technology, Elementary Education, Faculty Development, Partnerships in Education, Pilot Projects, Resource Materials, Teacher Attitudes, Technology Integration, Teleconferencing, World Wide Web

Autor: Taylor, Suzanne Liebowitz; McKay, Donald P.; Culp, Ann; Baumann, Stephen; Elinich, Karen


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